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JULIE BEALL grew up in Plano as a little sister with a big appetite—for cupcakes, coloring books, and cat hugs. After graduating with her BFA from MICA in Baltimore and working a couple years in Portland, she’s now back in Dallas as the Ad Designer for Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. She’s also an Art Director at a top marketing agency in Plano and freelances for lovely clients all over the country. She lives with her husband, two dogs and three cats in East Dallas on White Rock Lake, where she enjoys cooking and bartending for friends and family.


DESIREE MICHELLE ESPADA is a freelance photographer and designer who lives and works in Dallas. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of North Texas. After graduating, she worked for a contemporary photography gallery in Dallas’ Design District, then chased a dream and moved to New York City to work under famed American photographer Ryan McGinley. She is one of four 2012 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award recipients from the Dallas Museum of Art. Her collaborative artwork with Kasumi Chow can be seen at The Public Trust Gallery in Dallas. Desiree spends her days working as an assistant art director for Southwest The Magazine, making photographs, cuddling with her cats, traveling and throwing dinner parties. 


MONICA JOHNSON is a Dallas-based freelance writer, farmer and farm-based educator who has written for a variety of publications including Edible Austin, Modern Farmer, Slow Food USA. For more information, visit monicajohnson.pressfolios.com. Contact her at [email protected].


VIVIAN MORROW JONES grew up watching her dad coax fresh vegetables from the caliche-ridden soil of Reagan County, Texas. A graduate of Baylor and UTD, Vivian’s writing has appeared in the Big Bend Journal and Literary Mamas E-Zine. Among Vivian’s prized possessions is a three-legged cast iron Dutch oven, used by her grandmother who drove the chuck wagon and cooked fora 1915 cattle drive through West Texas.


CODY NEATHERY is an Army veteran with an appetite for bourbon and smoked meats. He started a BBQ blog that was frequently featured on the Texas Monthly Barbecue website which turned into a position as a BBQ writer/editor for Dallas Morning News affiliate, Pegasus News. Having lived and traveled in the South, he continues to learn about the cuisine and traditions from each state and region. He previously wrote for Dallas Observer for over two years and currently has several culinary projects in the works.


MARY OGLE is an artist, writer and podcaster. . Working as a professional artist in the digital medium, Mary’s commissions have included everything from fine art to fan art, book layout and cover design, event posters and magazine illustration. Mary’s love for writing is more recent but no less heart-felt. She is the author of Orangeroof Zoo a story of hope and rebirth combined with intricately drawn coloring book pages. Her tv show reviews and articles on geek culture can be found at esopodcast.com and whataculture.com. Mary currently finds inspiration in the Ojai Valley, residing in a snug little cottage with a recalcitrant cat. More of Mary’s work can be found at www.maryogle.com .

melindaOrtley MELINDA ORTLEY is a Fine Art Photographer who believes that every image should stand alone as a work of art. Using the classic medium of film, her goal is to create vibrant, original images that go beyond her client’s expectations, whether that client be a blushing bride, growing family, business owner or magazine editor. You can view her portfolio at www.melindamichelle.com.

ELLISE PIERCE is an American writer and chef who has spent most of the last 10 years living in Paris. She now splits her time between Texas and France. She writes a twice-monthly Cowgirl Chef food and recipe column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which is syndicated worldwide via McClatchy; and files frequent food stories for The Dallas Morning News and Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. Her travel and food articles also appear in American Way, Private Clubs, Virtuoso Life, and Four Seasons magazines.  She is author of the cookbook Cowgirl Chef: French Cooking with a Texas Accent (Running Press) and the Cowgirl Chef blog, and has been featured on a number of radio and television shows in the United States. Earlier this year, she won the Reader’s Choice award and was a finalist for her food photography in a national Edible magazine competition. She’s now working on her second cookbook. Her former lives: award-winning investigative journalist, anchor and reporter for television and radio, and owner of a public relations and advertising agency.


KIM PIERCE is a Dallas freelance writer and editor who’s covered farmers markets and the locavore scene for some 30 years, including continuing coverage at The Dallas Morning News. She came by this passion writing about food, health, nutrition and wine. She and her partner nurture a backyard garden (no chickens – yet) and support local producers and those who grow foods sustainably. Back in the day, she co-authored The Phytopia Cookbook and more recently helped a team of writers win a 2014 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award for The Oxford Encyclopedia for Food and Drink in America.


TERESA RAFIDI is a freelance photographer and artist in Dallas. You can find her in the vegetable garden or kitchen when she isn’t behind her lens. She breathes photography and life inspires her to create thoughtful images. You can view more of what she sees through her two websites rafidiphotography.com and teresarafidi.com.

Matthew-Rainwater MATTHEW RAINWATER is a Cowtown based photographer who spends a self-professed “unhealthy” amount of time cooking, eating, and photographing everything he loves. He works closely with Fort Worth based REAL School Gardens, a program that partners with high-poverty elementary schools to create learning gardens that become an integral part of their teaching culture and the community. To see more of Matt’s stuff, go to rainwaterfoto.com.

SERGIO SALVADOR is an Albuquerque-based professional photographer, occasional freelance writer and Art Director for Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. His work has been featured in New Mexico Magazine, Su Casa, The Santa Fean, Popular Plates, Vegetarian Times and Edible Santa Fe, as well as many other publications.


MEREDITH STEELE is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer and author of InSockMonkeySlippers.com, an award winning family food blog celebrating creative and fresh foods. Her recipe development and photography company, MBS Recipe Development specializes in multimedia recipe development for commercial and small business who’s clients include everyone from Ziploc® to small wineries. Meredith’s work has been published online, in various print media, and has been nominated for the SAVEUR awards. She can also be found across the pond writing a monthly column for JamieOliver.com. When Meredith is not in the kitchen, she’s roaming Dallas, Texas with her husband, curly-headed pixie of a daughter, and big floppy-eared dog.